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Myers Park 

Urbex 2008: Battle of the hoods

Myers Park, located south of South End, is one of the city's oldest and wealthiest neighborhoods. It stands out from other areas because of its classically-built, historic homes, lush yards that hug the winding tree-lined streets and natural beauty.

Although it has very few retail attractions, Myers Park is still one of Charlotte's most visited areas because of the beauty of its architecture and landscaping. But if you decide that you want to visit Myers Park and do something other than gawk at strangers' homes, there are a few places to visit. You can check out The Mint Museum of Art, Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary and Manor Theatre, which is one of the best places in Charlotte to catch independent films. Also, if you want a "mini" getaway, you can stay at The Duke Mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers one of the city's most unique experiences.

What's so great about Myers Park?

"It's really close to Uptown. The proximity to everything in town is really nice. It's the old thing: location, location, location," says Leslie Schlernitzauer, who has lived in Myers Park her whole life -- aside from undergraduate and graduate school. "Also, there are lots of families around. And it's really pretty; it's a real neighborhood."

Favorite hangouts?

"There are some neighborhood parks that you can walk to. The Manor Theatre. The short part of Providence Road, the part that leads up to Uptown, is where all of the restaurants and bars are. There's not a lot to do in actual Myers Park."

 

Hood Stats

Dimension Ratings

Social Dimension:.......................Low

Crime Dimension:.......................Low

Physical Dimension:...................Low

Economic Dimension:.................Low

Profile NSA City

Population....................................9,945 656,983

Youth Population.........................2,210 168,188

Number of Housing Units...........4,601 281,358

Area (Acres)................................2,210 150,093

Median Household Income.........$108,053 $46,082

Average House Value..................$535,206 $192,844

Number of Organizations...........3 N/A

Unemployment Index.................Low N/A


Hood Attractions

Restaurants and Bars

FENWICKS, 511 Providence Rd., 704-333-2750. Smaller than some bathrooms, but cozier, and a fun place. The menu runs to standards like steak and pasta, with fresh vegetables daily.

PROVIDENCE CAFE, 110 Perrin Place, 704-376-2008. Gorgeous dining room and comfortable New American cuisine offers a neighborhood spot and place to linger in Charlotte's ultimate zip code.

GINBU 401 CHINESE SUSHI BAR, 401 Providence Rd., 704-372-2288. Casual neighborhood and sushi bar with an assortment of Asian entrées.

NOLEN KITCHEN AND CRESCENT BAR AND LOUNGE, 2839 Selwyn Ave., 704-372-1424. Enjoy American continental food with a touch of Asian in this sexy spot. Leave some room for one of Nolan's custom sweets, perhaps the strawberry rhubarb shortcake with pink peppercorn ice cream.

TERRA, 545-B Providence Rd., 704-332-1886. A small bistro that blends French and Italian cuisine including seafood, pasta and even French fries.


Entertainment and Culture Venues

 

THE MANOR, 609 Providence Rd., 704-334-2727. This longtime movie house, recently refurbished, is the city's premier venue for independent and foreign films. Serving as home to the venerable Charlotte Film Society doesn't hurt, either.


Parks and Recreation

EDGE HILL PARK, 812 S. Edge Hill Rd. 6 acres, tennis, picnic area, playground, trails.

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